Writing Glitch #225

Today’s glitch:


A great number of writers (some of whom really ought to know better) don’t seem to realize SEAL is an acronym; it stands for Sea, Air and Land.

A Navy SEAL team is suddenly transported through time to an age of steel and sword. Lacking other useful skills for this age, they become assassins in order to make a living.

Assuming this story idea is meant to be about time travel rather than an alternate-universe thing, I should point out that there was far less work for professional assassins in the “age of steel and sword” (whatever the hell that means — I’m guessing the writer meant the Middle Ages or earlier) than you might think. Also, anyone with that much military training/experience could also work as a security guard for nobles or wealthy merchants, actually join the military in the place they find themself, etc. Plus, what about all the other skills that a person from the modern world should have that could give them an advantage — or at least a way to make a decent living — in a less technologically advanced era? The basic premise of “send some highly trained military personnel from the modern era back in time several hundred years” is sound — a lot of good stories have been written using variations on the theme — but the details need more thought.


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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4 Responses to Writing Glitch #225

  1. Not only did you fix the grammar… you fixed his LIFE!!! Woohoo!!! Good one, thanks for writing it!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. M. Oniker says:

    How do you know it isn’t correct as it stands, hm? I mean, it could be a team comprised of blue, marine animals. Right? That could be kind of a cool story.

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  3. HAHA! Amazing! I never would have thought of it this way. This is just another reason I follow your blog. You open my eyes to things I wouldn’t see otherwise. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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